Over the years, your roof will need to be repaired and possibly even fully replaced. One of the most vital parts of any roof is the roofline. The soffit and fascia boards that make up the roofline are essential to creating a visual line that looks great. They also support the roofline and prevent it from sagging. This is why it is so important to maintain these boards. This article explains how to maintain wooden soffit and fascia boards.
Identifying the Soffit and Fascia
The fascia is the horizontal board that runs along the roofline and face straight out. The soffit is attached to the fascia and faces down. It caps off an overhanging roof and often houses the gutter and duct systems. These two boards come together at a critical 90 degree angle. The boards, as well as the seam between them, needs to be sealed for proper protection from the elements and termites. The protective paint or stain finish on a wooden board will often fade away over the years. This is why it is so important to reseal them on a normal basis. Since the fascia board is directly exposed to the sun and rain, it usually needs to be refinished more often.
Refinishing the Boards
The first thing you need to do is sand down the existing board. You don't need to sand off all of the paint, unless you are going to repaint your boards a completely different color. Instead, just sand until the surface is evenly smooth. This job is much easier if you have a vibrating power sander. Use a medium grit paper to help quickly sand down rough or swollen spots in the wood. The most important areas are usually the places where the paint is most faded. If your boards have water damage, you will see signs of swollen, exposed wood grains. If the wood is cracked open like this, you should fill these cracks with wood filler before repainting the boards. Using a putty knife, you can quickly spread the wood filler into the damaged areas. You will have to wait for the patched area to dry before resanding it down to make it flat.
Painting the boards is so much easier if you have a roller. Use roller that is just a little wider than the fascia board. This allows you to get full coverage in one pass. That being said, you will still probably want to apply multiple coats of paint to create a stronger, more long-lasting finish. Maintaining and refinishing your soffit and fascia boards is easy if you do it on a regular basis. If you wait for them to become extremely deteriorated and faded, the repairs can be much more time-consuming and expensive.
If you find the task too overwhelming, consider contacting a roofing specialist, such as Drey Roofing, to take a look at your roofing and ensure everything is in good shape.
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